In February 2021, an out of control WILDFIRE swept across Noongar Country's Perth Hills region, burning an area the size of 6,000 AFL football fields. It caused a plethora of native animals to flee for their lives, consumed countless others, and destroyed habitats vital for the survival of several Endangered species.
So, we aim to raise important funds that will HELP WILDLIFE RECOVER by building NEST-BOXES that will be installed throughout the burn area. Why?
HABITAT TREES take CENTURIES to grow and become hollow enough to provide vital roosting and breeding sites for many birds, reptiles, mammals and insects. Due to logging and land-clearing for agriculture, habitat trees in this region were already rare and in decline. Now dozens of the remaining trees have been razed, and many others were pushed over by machinery aiming to contain the fire. This means EVEN MORE of the hollow homes found in Habitat trees are now gone.
Although fire has been part of the Australian landscape for millennia, and nature has many amazing strategies to recover, blazes that burn from floor to ceiling in forests are unnatural. This is because Aboriginal Australians regularly burned off grasses and understory shrubs which prevented large fires reaching the canopy. But that has changed. We are seeing an increase in the number of destructive wildfires and we must urgently become better custodians of Country by reaching out to lend it a helping hand.
Helping hollow-dependent creatures like Threatened Black Cockatoos is not only vital for getting "nature's economy" back on track during the healing and recovery period. It will also give us humans great inspiration that even after such devastating losses, recovery IS POSSIBLE.
WHAT WILL YOUR DONATION DO?
Funds raised will:
1) help us survey the 10, 500 ha area burned to determine which locations have been most severely burned, and lost most old trees, and;
2) pay for materials and labour to construct long-lasting nest-boxes for a range of animals, from insects and small mammals to large birds like owls and cockatoos.
We hope to reach our target before the end of March, so boxes can be installed in June and July, prior to the 2021 breeding season, when most animals (especially migratory Carnaby's Cockatoos), will be returning to the area to nest.
My name is Simon Cherriman. I have dedicated my life to the conservation of West Australian Wildlife, and community education to help others better understand and appreciate its importance. I have been making nest-boxes for over 20 years, so have extensive experience in designing and building boxes that are long-lasting, effective at catering for the needs of target species, and that are installed in ways that do not harm their host-trees. For the last 8 years I have run The ReCycOlogy Project , an environmental education incursion based on nest-box construction with school children and community groups, and am now supported by a team that will provide the valuable assistance needed to see this project through.
YOUR SUPPORT WILL MEAN THE WORLD, not just to me, but TO THIS UNIQUE, IMPORTANT, BIODIVERSE LANDSCAPE that continues to be hit hard by so many human impacts.
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